This Britney & Leo Photo Is The Best #TBT Ever

by Kristie Rohwedder

On March 31, 2016, the storied Internet tradition that is Throwback Thursday was changed forever. Now, things may not seem too different on first glance: Yes, Thursdays will continue to be a weekly excuse to grab our Instagram feeds' hands and take a stroll down Memory Lane. And yes, we can still post our ancient photos and tag said ancient photos with “#TBT”. And yes, “#TBT” still means “Throwback Thursday.” However, #TBT history was made this Thursday when an early ‘00s snapshot of Britney Spears and Leonardo DiCaprio appeared on the “…Baby One More Time” singer’s Twitter and Instagram accounts. In that moment, Spears raised the #TBT bar to an impossibly high height. It is the gold standard of #TBT.

What we have here, ladies and gentlemen, is the greatest #TBT of all time.

What are the two living legends doing in this photo? Where are they? Who are they with? What is going on? Who took the photo? What happened in the minutes leading up to this beautiful moment? Sorry, but the picture caption does not answer any of these burning questions; Spears does not provide us with the context. Instead, she allows us, the humble masses, to dream up our own backstories.

Did this selfie inspire me to spin a yarn? Did it inspire me to concoct tale? Oh, you know it did.

Britney & Leo Go To GameWorks: A Fictional Tale Of Dance Battles & Disposable Cameras

A long time ago, right around the turn of the New Millennium, pop star Britney Spears and movie star Leonardo DiCaprio ran into each other at their local GameWorks. They hugged hello.

"Wow, what a nice surprise!" Britney smiled. "We've gotta play something."

"Do you want to battle it out..." Leo began, "...on the Dance Dance Revolution dance floor?"


After Danceney won three out of five rounds, she had an idea."Hey, do you know what would be neat?" the ex-Mouseketeer asked as she straightened her floppy brim hat.

"Go on," Leo replied as he dabbed away a few beads of DDR sweat. "I'm listening. But if it has anything to do with that flight simulator thing, I'm out. Not in the mood for a migraine."

"No, no. I thought it'd be rad if we took a picture together," Britney said. She reached into her Dooney and Bourke handbag and pulled out a disposable Kodak camera. "Our fans would eat it up."

"How will the fans see it? Are you going to sell it to a magazine or something?"

"I could give it to a Bop or BB," Britney mused. "But what if we waited."

"Waited for...?"

"The moment."

"What moment?"

"The right moment."

"OK, but what's the right moment? I'm really not following." Leo was beginning to grow impatient.

"You've heard of the Internet, right?" Britney asked.

"Of course."

"You've heard of cellular phones, right?"

"Of course."

"I want this photo to appear on every single cellular phone on the planet. Via the Internet."

"But... That's not... But how?"

"We will know the answer all in due time," Britney smiled. "All in due time."

Leo shrugged. He as he sat down on the couch next to the GameWorks host stand. Britney wound the camera, scooted next to Leo, pressed the flash button, lifted the camera, and told him to smile. She stuck out her tongue as she snapped the photo.

"Can't wait to see how this turns out," Britney said.

"Don't forget to send me a copy," Leo chuckled as he scribbled his address onto the back of a GameWorks ticket. He handed the ticket to Britney.

"I'll never let go, Jack," Britney replied as she carefully put the ticket in her wallet.

"Oops, someone made that reference again," Leo sighed.

The end.